Understanding the Classical Malay Literary Framework: A Reappraisal of the Poetic Theories of Vladimir Braginsky and Muhammad Haji Salleh

  • Rahmah Ahmad H. Osman

Abstract

The objective of this article is to understand the classical Malay literary framework through the analysis of different Malay literary texts. The study is based on an analysis of the works of Vladimir Braginsky and Muhammad Haji Salleh, along with the interpretation of selected classical Malay texts. The article seeks to highlight the critical systems in classical Malay literature and in Puitika Sastera Melayu. The study shows that in Braginsky’s work, the author identifies the significance of studying classical Malay literature for understanding its central notion of beauty and “the beautiful” (indah) in Malay literary writings, as well as the concept of “self-awareness” and the concern of Malay writers for “the spiritual benefit” that is embedded in their writings. But in the works of Muhammad Haji Salleh, on the other hand, the author argues that the Malay literary theory, Puitika Sastera Melayu, was preconditioned by the inner structure of the society, which was embedded in the Malay language, milieu and philosophy. 

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Author Biography

Rahmah Ahmad H. Osman
Rahmah Ahmad Osman is a Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at International Islamic University Malaysia. She specialises in Comparative Literary Studies and Arabic Literature. She is an Executive member of the Literature Committee at The National Institute of Language and Literature (DBP), and sits on a number of journal editorial boards. She has published widely in the areas of literary studies and has published 11 books and over 96 peer-reviewed articles, chapter in books and proceedings.
Published
2016-12-15
How to Cite
Osman, R. A. H. (2016). Understanding the Classical Malay Literary Framework: A Reappraisal of the Poetic Theories of Vladimir Braginsky and Muhammad Haji Salleh. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 10(2). Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/AJELL/article/view/866
Section
Section III: General Section: Articles and Interviews